Iranian, Syrian MPs likely to attend APA

Asian lawmakers to discuss prospects of Asian Parliament

ISLAMABAD – The upper house of the parliament is going to host the troika-plus meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly on Tuesday, as Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has formally approved the programme and arrangements being made in this regard.

Senate Secretary Amjed Pervez Malik is supervising the arrangements for the meeting. Around 30-40 delegates Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Jordon and Syria and other countries are expected to participate in the important meeting. The theme of the meeting is transformation of APA into Asian Parliament.

Bokhari being the president of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, first vice president of the National Assembly of Cambodia and deputy speaker of the Syrian Parliament will address the inaugural session of the meeting whereas Senate secretary will deliver welcome address.

In the first two sessions, the meeting would adopt agenda and would discuss the implementation of the decision of the sixth plenary session held in Islamabad last year. It includes strategy to be adopted for gradual transformation of APA into the Asian Parliament, formation/finalization of a group, more interaction with established Asian Forums in Parliamentary, executive and economic fields and recent developments in Asia, and ways and means to curb violence, promote dialogue and peace in Asian sub-regions.

In the concluding session, the report of the troika-plus meeting and the Islamabad Communiqué would also be adopted. It is pertinent to mention here that the Senate, last year in December, hosted sixth plenary of the APA in Pakistan. More 240 delegates from 31 countries participated in the conference which helped in projecting the positive image of Pakistan at the international level.

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